Expert Review of Dell Inspiron 15R (Core i5/4GB/500GB /15.6 Inches/ Win7 Home Basic) Laptop
Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen Ci5/4GB/500GB/Win7/1GB Graphic Notebook Laptop is a well built laptop which delivers good performance, great battery life and a bright display at a very affordable price. To top that, you get all the amazing specs in a stylish casing which is absent in most budget laptops. It is a second generation machine power-driven by Intel i5 processor provides a fault-less data processing.
The Dell machine is competitively priced but it does not look or feel like a budget laptop. Although the case is made up of plastic, the build quality is quite strong. Compared to the past models from Dell, the current one looks much sleeker. The hinge forward design allows you to bring the screen closer to you easily. The faux brushed metal screen cover looks stylish and classy. The same look is flaunted on keyboard and the palmrest trim. Adequate support has been provided by both palmrest and the keyboard and no sagging is experienced when put under pressure. Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen Ci5/4GB/500GB/Win7/1GB Graphic Notebook Laptop is also noteworthy for resisting fingerprints. Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen Ci5/4GB/500GB/Win7/1GB Graphic Notebook Laptop offers good mobility as well with dimensions of 377.9mm X 244.9mm X 37.6mm and very light weight.
Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen Ci5/4GB/500GB/Win7/1GB Graphic Notebook Laptop has Intel core i5 processor that clocks at 2.4Ghz. This combined with 4GB RAM assures you of decent everyday performance. The machine might take a little time to start up but once started, it runs applications without any problems. Demanding applications like video rendering and photo editing runs without any hiccups on this laptop. A comprehensive storage for all your files and folders is possible through 500GB HDD that spins at 5400 RPM. Windows 7 Home Basic comes as the tried and tested platform that makes computing all the more easier and smooth. Dell hopes to provide you with a battery life of up to four hours with the 6-cell battery of this laptop. The nice chicklet style keyboard feels traditional with curved top keys. The design offers a comfortable typing experience. The condensed number pad has been cramped into the main keyboard which is the only flaw with the keyboard. You get a pretty large Touchpad which comes with separate touch buttons. the response time of the Touchpad is good with no lags and it supports multitiouch gestures as well. Overall, this gadget bowls you over with its impressive performance.
Every odd bit of gaming is possible on Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen Ci5/4GB/500GB/Win7/1GB Graphic Notebook Laptop with NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M Graphics processor on board that has 1GB graphics memory. You will be mighty impressed with the performance of many hard-core games on this system with better display and improved graphics.
Dell has a history of packing their models with adequate input and output ports to keep you happy when it comes to connectivity. Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen Ci5/4GB/500GB/Win7/1GB Graphic Notebook Laptop boasts of three USB 2.0 ports in addition to a VGA port, RJ45 LAN, HDMI port and a7-in-1 multi-card reader. It also features Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN and Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 Wireless LAN along with Bluetooth v2.1 EDR for effective communication. You also get a 1.3-megapixel webcam fitted at the top of the display.
Screen and Sound
What is certain to leave you impressed about Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen Ci5/4GB/500GB/Win7/1GB Graphic Notebook Laptop is the brightness and colour reproduction of the display. The fantastic 15.6-inch screen with standard resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels is highly detailed and ideal for everyday work such as word processing and making spreadsheets and also at the same time provides you with rich multimedia experience including watching movies and videos. The shiny TFT screen coating adds vibrancy to the display but the flip side of this coating is that it cause irritating reflections under bright light. The Dell laptop boasts of “Premium Surround Sound” label that is supposed to enhance the audio quality. The speakers are located on the front part of the chassis and face towards the user. The quality of the sound is average and while typing, the arms of user might semi-block the speakers to further distort the sound quality. If you are planning to use this device for music, then you will feel find the need to connect desktop speakers or you will have to use the Headphone jack.
Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen Ci5/4GB/500GB/Win7/1GB Graphic Notebook Laptop qualifies as being one of the best machines around when looked at the performance and the price. It faces competition from Dell Vostro line of laptops, especially Dell Vostro 2520 Notebook Laptop that comes at almost the same price and offers interesting features as well. Another great laptop that poises competition to this Dell device is Lenovo Ideapad Z570 that is price lower while giving you almost similar features.
Things like sensible price, fantastic power and usability, improved design, etc work greatly in favour of Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen Ci5/4GB/500GB/Win7/1GB Graphic Notebook Laptop. The screen is also good with vibrant colours and excellent contrast. Overall, it offers very good value for your money.
What takes the sheen off from Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen Ci5/4GB/500GB/Win7/1GB Graphic Notebook Laptop is the dodgy sound from the speakers and the noisy fan which can distract you while working. The keyboard does not have backlit option. Also, the battery life offered by this device is not good and limits the mobility too.